Though I only read online papers at home, I tend to get a newspaper every day when I’m in Taiwan. However, during my last trip, I realized this is how you can get really depressed about where you live. Because the news is often bad or depressing. There is constant talk about the economy and the struggles of the people who don’t earn much (22k avg salary/month!), or little scandals get blown up and discussed endlessly by local media.
Many of my friends who live in the US but go back to visit often talk about how great it is to live in Taipei. But when you read the endless depressing news for 3 months, you start feeling anxious about life. By the end, I felt like the city was a great place to visit but not a great place to earn a living. In a way, it’s no different than reading/listening/watching media in the US.
Given we’ve now past the time we typically go home and are now settled into more of a routine where we don’t sight see every day, I wanted to talk more about our experience so far and the little encounters we’ve had.
1. People like to give the kids candies. We’ve gotten candies from taxi cab drivers, teachers, restaurant workers, strangers we meet. Some of them smell funky. We almost always toss them after the fact. One thing people say is that the Taiwanese people are very friendly, and that is true.
2. Unlike last time, fewer people are asking if the kids are mixed. I see a lot more hapa kids in general too. Probably because we’re living close to 3 universities with lots of foreigners learning English here. In fact we get more people asking if Thumper is an older brother and how old they are. She has taken to covering her hair up with her hat.
There are so many places to learn Chinese for overseas children here. But so far, NTUE sounds interesting. Mandarin Kids newspaper also has summer and winter camps. I like NTUE as it’s an University of Education. If we do camps in the summer, I’m going to try them.